Better Policies to Support Eco-innovation
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Better Policies to Support Eco-innovation

Eco-innovation is more important than ever on the public policy agenda. It is a major driver for green growth and contributes to the environmental performance and economic development of OECD and developing countries alike.

This report takes a pragmatic approach to policies that support the development and diffusion of eco-innovation. Building on the OECD Innovation Strategy, it argues that eco-innovation is not merely about technological developments: non-technical innovations matter as well. It acknowledges that policies do not operate in a vacuum and that they must take account of the contexts that influence the development and diffusion of eco-innovation, such as market structures. It explores links between eco-innovation policies and related fields such as industry, competition, and international cooperation.

This work builds on an OECD inventory of eco-innovation policies in OECD countries and in China. It also draws on studies of select environment-friendly innovations, highlighting different patterns of development across countries. It also incorporates extensive international consultation on the topics of eco-innovation and green growth.

The results from this publication will contribute to the Green Growth Strategy being developed by the OECD as a practical policy package for governments to harness the potential of greener growth.

For more information on OECD work on eco-innovation, visit: www.oecd.org/greengrowth
www.oecd.org/environment/innovation
www.oecd.org/sti/innovation/green

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Micro combined heat and power generation

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This case study focuses on micro combined heat and power fuel cells (micro-CHP fuel cells). It is mainly based on field investigations (literature review, interviews) in Germany, which has interesting initiatives to foster the development of these technologies. The results of similar investigations in France, where development is less advanced, are also presented to add contrast to the German case and draw lessons from the differences in the two countries’ system configurations and strategies of public and private stakeholders.
 
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